The North Tama school board held their monthly meeting, Monday, May 17. Calling the meeting to order at 7:30 pm was Board President, Gretchen Pargeon.
Students Amanda Arp, Emily Pargeon and Michelle Babinat were present to represent Students in the Spotlight. The students shared a very well presented presentation with the board of a landscaping project they have been designing in Horticulture class. E. Pargeon explained the layout that she had drawn of the retaining wall and the design of the greenery that will be planted inside. Babinat then explained the growth process, blooming time, colors and why they had chosen that particular flower. The board accepted the plans and gave the students permission to start ordering what they needed. This project will be placed at the north side of the school. Also for students in the spotlight, displays were available for members to see of Mrs. Betts art class and their paintings and projects that were taken to an art show.
Al Varney from Ament was present to review with the board the construction update which is still on schedule. Varney reviewed with the board some estimates that Superintendent, Gary Janssen had requested for bulkheads and air conditioning units for the new classrooms. The contractor initially stated that since the rooms do have high ceilings that air conditioning unit were not necessary but Janssen did want an idea of the cost, so if in the future the rooms seem to need more ventilation, he will have an idea on the cost. Some board members did voice their concerns of the fact that the windows that were installed in the new classrooms are not functional and do not open. Concerns of the air flow and safety led the board to table the issue until a later date.
Next on the agenda was the hiring of a Secondary Math teacher for the 2010-11 school year. Stacey Berns was approved by the board for the position.
Ive Laube discussed with the board the possibility of having the required 120 minutes per week for P.E. class an option if the students have written permission from their parents that their 120 minutes are being utilized in a different method at home such as karate class or home exercise. The board was split on how this should be handled and concerns were raised on the fact that this option has the possibility of be abused. This issue was tabled for a later date do to the disagreement among the board. The next regular board meeting is scheduled for June 21 at 7 pm in the ICN room.